Grand Lake Fire hosted its Annual State Chili Cook-off in the Grand Lake town park on Saturday, June 23, and experienced a successful turnout, according to Grand Lake Fire spokesperson Mindy Everhart.
The event is an annual fundraiser for the Grand Lake Fire Scholarship and Community Assistance Fund, and although totals were not yet final as of Monday, June 25, the event raised about $6,000 for the fund.
In 2005, Grand Lake Fire created the scholarship fund as a way to give back to the community. "The focus of the fund is to help the youth of our community to participate in school-related functions where they might not otherwise have the opportunity, if our assistance was not available," Everhart said.
The State Chili Cook-Off co-hosted with the Colorado Chili Pod is the scholarship fund's primary fundraiser during the year.
"The weather was beautiful, the chili was tasty, the band was fantastic and fun was had by all," Everhart said.
Colorado State CASI Chili Championship sponsored by Colorado Chili Pod - Results, June 23:
CASI red chili
First place: Rolland Pate, Houston, Texas; Second place: Christie Batie, Loveland, Colo.; Third place: Lyman Wilkinson, Loveland, Colo.; Fourth place: Doug "Bucky" Seelig, Fredericksburg, Texas; Fifth place: John Montgomery, Golden, Colo.; Sixth place: Rocky Kimball, Highland's Ranch, Colo.; Seventh place: Genee Jolliffe, Tucson, Ariz.; Eighth place: Linda Wilkinson, Loveland, Colo.; Ninth place: Wayne Jolliffe, Tucson, Ariz.; Tenth place: Mark Huft, Castle Rock, Colo.
First place: GOD BLESS AMERICA, Karen Hendricks, Broomfield, Colo.; Second place: THE CHILI SHACK, Lyman Wilkinson, Loveland, CO; Third place: 4th Down and Goal, John Montgomery, Golden, Colo.
First place: Joe Holt, Denver, Colo.; Second place: John Montgomery, Golden, Colo.; Third place: Karen Hendricks, Broomfield, Colo.
First place: Mark Huft, Castle Rock, Colo.
First place: Rick Thomas, Alto, Texas